Monday, October 12, 2020

Latest Covid News

Threee-tier system has been the main part of new guidline released by the government that will enable there to be a more clear and simpler approach. The Liverpool region will be on a "very high" Covid alert level from Wednesday, the highest of a new three-tier system.

England's chief medical officer said he was not confident the measures "would be enough to get on top of" the virus.

Prof Chris Whitty said it was likely local authorities in "very high" alert areas would have to go further.

But the prime minister ruled out the "extreme route" of a national lockdown "right now".

Meanwhile, minutes from a meeting of the government's science advisors last month revealed they suggested a short national lockdown to curb virus cases.



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a fitting farewell to Kobe Bryant' & LA Lakers win NBA Finals: 'LeBron's legacy

Whether you've posed or you've been the recipient of that question, it usually leads to a lengthy heated debate with two names usually dominating the discussion: Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Yet after collecting the 2020 NBA Finals Championship trophy and the award for MVP (Most Valuable Player), James still felt the need to address the perceived critics.

"It means a lot to represent this franchise - when I joined I promised to put this franchise back where it belongs. We just want our respect, Laker nation wants its respect. I want my damn respect too," James said sternly.

Confetti scattered at his feet and speaking in the foreground of the team - a trophy in each hand - James said: "One thing I can do is commit to the game. I put myself, my mind and my body in a position to be available to my teammates. That's the best thing you can do for your team, be available.

"I have never missed a play-off game in my career. I just hope I make my guys, the fanbase and my family proud," he added.

With Covid-19 restrictions meaning no fans were allowed inside the arena at Disney World in Florida, the applause generated by his team-mates perhaps failed to match the magnitude of what James had just accomplished.


PM Commons statement on coronavirus: 12 October 2020

 Mr Speaker, with your permission, I will make a statement on our continuing fight against coronavirus

and how we intend to fulfil our simultaneous objectives

saving lives, protecting the NHS

while keeping our children in school and our economy running,

and protecting jobs and livelihoods

This morning the Deputy Chief Medical Officer set out the stark reality of the second wave of this virus

the number of cases has quadrupled in the last three weeks

there are now more people in hospital with Covid

than when we went into lockdown on March 23

and deaths are already rising

and of course there are those who say that on that logic we should go back into a full national lockdown

of indefinite duration

closing schools and businesses

telling people again to stay at home as we did in March

once again shuttering our lives and our society

I do not believe that would be the right course,

We would not only be depriving our children of their education

we would do such damage to our economy as to erode our long term ability to fund the NHS and other crucial public services

And on the other side of the argument there are those who think that the patience of the public is now exhausted

and that we should abandon the fight against Covid


The Wanted singer Tom Parker diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour

Tom Parker, singer with chart-topping British boyband the Wanted, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The 32-year-old said he was “still in shock” after being told he had a stage four glioblastoma six weeks ago, and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy in an effort to prolong his life.

In a joint statement alongside his wife, the actor Kelsey Hardwick, Parker wrote on Instagram: “Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why.

“There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a brain tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.


Pokemon Go Appears To Be Adding Some Wierd Eggs [UPDATE]

As teased, a new type of eggs has premiered in Pokemon Go. As part of a new event, players can get red eggs from Team Go Rocket grunts, which will hatch into Poison- and Dark-type Pokemon. The original story follows.

Pokemon Go is introducing a new type of egg soon. The game's official Twitter account shared a short teaser clip showing off a clutch of eggs specked with red polka dots. "We've heard reports from Spark that he's stumbled upon an odd, distinctly red egg. Stay tuned as we learn more," the tweet reads.

What's notable about the clip is that the eggs are shrouded in the same purple aura that veils Team Go Rocket's Shadow Pokemon, suggesting that Shadow Pokemon will hatch from them. Niantic itself seems to have inadvertently confirmed this; a deleted version of the tweet revealed that the clip was named "RocketEggs," all but confirming that the new red eggs are tied to Team Go Rocket.


Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds second baseman and heart of 1970s' 'Big Red Machine,' dies at 77

 Morgan died at his home in Danville, a suburb of San Francisco, on Sunday,according to the family spokesman.

The family on Monday said Morgan died from non-specified polyneuropathy, or nerve damage. Back in 2015, Morgan was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a form of bone cancer, that would lead him to have a bone marrow transplant a year later — from his daughter Angela.

"The Reds family is heartbroken," Red CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. "Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city."

The Oakland native was named National League MVP in 1975 and 1976, leading Cincinnati to World Series titles in both those seasons.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine eulogized Morgan as "the greatest second baseman of all time" and a "gracious and genuinely nice person."

"He was a player who mastered every detail of the game," DeWine said in a statement. "We saw him play many times with our older children — Pat, Jill, Becky, and John. It was a thrill to watch him!"

Morgan was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1990, following a 22-season career with the Houston Colt .45s, Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A's.


Democrats argue Barrett threatens Obamacare at confirmation hearing while GOP touts her abilities

Partisan battle lines were clearly drawn on Monday when the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's choice to fill the seat of the late liberal icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, got underway in a bitterly divided Senate with Election Day just weeks away.

Sharply divergent narratives emerged in opening speeches as Republican senators praised Barrett's judicial qualifications in glowing terms and emphasized her capability as a working mom, while Democrats warned that health care protections and the Affordable Care Act are at stake, and will be under threat, if the confirmation succeeds.
The hearing already appears on track to be a firestorm as Republicans push forward with almost unprecedented speed and Democrats look for ways to draw out the process for the lifetime appointment. Meanwhile, across the street at the Supreme Court, the remaining eight justices, who have just begun a new term, find themselves, and the court, once again in an unwelcome political spotlight.

Amazon Prime Day is starting soon the very Best Deals Here

Over the course of two days, more than 1 million items will be discounted, according to the retail giant, including intermittent “Lightning Deals,” for Prime members. 

“There is always one thing everybody goes for,” said Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst at, of the two-day shopping event.  

Last year, it was the Amazon coat, Crest Whitestrips and 23andMe. This year, it will likely be geared toward people staying in, she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a fire pit.”

Other top contenders include iRobot Roomba or Shark vacuums and the always popular Instant Pot. 

Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, said she is betting on smart home devices, televisions, laptops, hand tools and appliances.

The Wanted singer Tom Parker diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour

Tom Parker, singer with chart-topping British boyband the Wanted, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The 32-year-old said he was “still in shock” after being told he had a stage four glioblastoma six weeks ago, and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy in an effort to prolong his life.

In a joint statement alongside his wife, the actor Kelsey Hardwick, Parker wrote on Instagram: “Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

UK study tests if BCG vaccine protects against COVID

 LONDON (Reuters) - The widely used BCG tuberculosis vaccine will be tested on frontline care workers in Britain for its effectiveness against COVID-19, researchers running the UK arm of a global trial said.

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, used to protect against tuberculosis, induces a broad innate immune-system response and has been shown to protect against infection or severe illness with other respiratory pathogens.

“BCG has been shown to boost immunity in a generalised way, which may offer some protection against COVID-19,” Professor John Campbell, of the University of Exeter Medical School, said.

“We are seeking to establish whether the BCG vaccine could help protect people who are at risk of COVID-19. If it does, we could save lives by administering or topping up this readily available and cost-effective vaccination.”

The UK study is part of an existing Australian-led trial, which launched in April and also has arms in the Netherlands, Spain and Brazil. The BCG vaccine is also being tested as a protection against COVID-19 in South Africa.

The British trial is recruiting volunteers ahead of winter months that officials have warned may be tough as the country grapples with a second wave of infections.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that restrictions to curb the pandemic could be in place until spring.

The trial’s UK arm, which is being run from Exeter, southwest England, is seeking to recruit 1,000 people who work in care homes and community healthcare nearby.

Globally, more than 10,000 healthcare staff will be recruited.


Iga Swiatek hopes to follow in Naomi Osaka's footsteps and become multiple Grand Slam winner

Iga Swiatek says her main goal is to become "consistent" after becoming Poland's first singles Grand Slam champion with a sensational run at the French Open.

At 54 in the world, Swiatek is the lowest-ranked woman ever to win the French Open after victory over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in Saturday's final.

She is the youngest winner since Monica Seles in 1992, while her success has been celebrated widely back home, with former greats of the game predicting glowing futures for the Pole.

Swiatek is the latest young woman to win a major title - seven of the last eight have been claimed by players aged 23 or under - and most have found the subsequent rise in pressure and expectation hard to deal with.


Feline Friendly? New Psychology Study Shows How to Build Rap-Paw With Your Cat

 A team of psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have purr-fected the art of building a bond with cats.

The new study, ‘The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication,’ published online in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, has shown for the first time that it is possible to build rapport with a cat by using an eye narrowing technique with them.

This eye narrowing action by humans generates something popularly known as a cat smile – the so called “slow blink” – and seems to make the human more attractive to the cat. Eye narrowing movements in cats have some parallels with the genuine smile in humans (the Duchenne smile), as well as eye narrowing movements given in positive situations in some other species.

The team, led by Dr. Tasmin Humphrey and Professor Karen McComb, animal behavior scientists at the University of Sussex, undertook two experiments.

The first revealed that cats are more likely to slow blink at their owners after their owners have slow blinked at them, compared to when they don’t interact at all.

The second experiment, this time with a researcher from the psychology team, rather than the owner, found that the cats were more likely to approach the experimenter’s outstretched hand after they’d slow blinked at the cat, compared to when they had adopted a neutral expression.

Taken together, the study shows that this slow blinking technique can provide a form of positive communication between cats and humans.

The study found:

  • Cats were more likely to slow blink at their owners if their owners had slowed blinked at them, compared to when the owner was present in the room but not delivering a slow blink stimulus.
  • Cats were more likely to slow blink when an unfamiliar experimenter slow blinked at them, compared to when they had maintained a neutral expression.
  • Cats preferred to approach an experimenter after they had slow blinked at the cat than if they had maintained a neutral expression.

Professor Karen McComb, from the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, who supervised the work, said: “As someone who has both studied animal behavior and is a cat owner, it’s great to be able to show that cats and humans can communicate in this way. It’s something that many cat owners had already suspected, so it’s exciting to have found evidence for it.

“This study is the first to experimentally investigate the role of slow blinking in cat–human communication. And it is something you can try yourself with your own cat at home, or with cats you meet in the street. It’s a great way of enhancing the bond you have with cats. Try narrowing your eyes at them as you would in a relaxed smile, followed by closing your eyes for a couple of seconds. You’ll find they respond in the same way themselves and you can start a sort of conversation.”

Dr. Tasmin Humphrey, a PhD student in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex during the work, was the first author of the study. She said: “Understanding positive ways in which cats and humans interact can enhance public understanding of cats, improve feline welfare, and tell us more about the socio-cognitive abilities of this under-studied species.


Lewis Hamilton ties Michael Schumacher's record of 91 F1 racing wins

 Lewis Hamilton moved level with Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One wins with a victory at the Eifel Grand Prix in Nurburg, Germany, on Sunday.

Hamilton won comfortably after Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a race-ending engine issue. The win increases Hamilton's lead to 69 points in the championship.

Asked what the gesture and the record meant to him, Hamilton replied: "I don't even know what to say.

"When you grow up watching someone, generally idolised them, in terms of the quality of driver they are but also what they're able to continuously do year on year, race on race, week on week, with their team.

Rafael Nadal Routs Novak Djokovic at French Open for 20th Grand Slam

 Nadal made astonishingly quick work of them both in the French Open final, annihilating Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 player, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to equal Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

It was arguably Nadal’s finest performance at Roland Garros, which is quite a statement considering that he had already won 12 Grand Slam singles title on the same rectangle of red clay.

There was nothing unlucky about No. 13. He was on task and on target from the very start, ripping groundstroke winners, running down drop shots and keeping his unforced errors to a strict minimum. He made just two in the opening set and 14 in the match, giving Djokovic little time or space to find his range.


Eagles lose to Steelers, 38-29

The Eagles fell to 1-3-1 on the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38-29, at Heinz Field Sunday. Pittsburgh rookie receiver Chase Claypool had four touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing, to doom the Eagles. The Birds will be back home next Sunday to host the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens.

Eagles cornerback Darius Slay went to the locker room with roughly three minutes left in the game. Slay was hobbled earlier in the game, and Craig James came in to relieve the team’s best cornerback.

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Latest Covid News

Threee-tier system has been the main part of new guidline released by the government that will enable there to be a more clear and simpler a...